Saturday, June 2, 2007

Regionals, Day 2

First a belated kudos to the University of New Orleans and to Matt Pilgreen.

UNO stunned No. 1 seed Wichita State on Friday night while Pilgreen dodged the Times curse and picked up the win in Louisiana-Lafayette's 5-4 victory over Ohio State.

So the state is guaranteed both teams will stay alive until Sunday, but last year's surprise of the tournament -- Oral Roberts -- is history.

The Golden Eagles were a Super Regional team a year ago and threw a major scare into last year's No. 1 national seed Clemson at Clemson. Now, the last team to wear the Mid-Continent Conference logo in the NCAA is done.

ORU had the bad fortune to draw an angry Wichita State team at Wichita. The Shockers promptly dispatched the Golden Eagles leaving the tournament wondering who could duplicate ORU's success from a year ago.

The short list: UNO, Illinois-Chicago and Fresno State, all of which stunned No. 1 seeds on Friday.


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